Friday, April 30, 2010
I haven't followed the setting for the blocks exactly. Because I'm using a jelly roll and a layer cake I've cut some of them differently. Also, this gorgeous fabric, Avignon, has some beautiful border type fabric that looks fabulous. I wanted to use them as they were, without cutting them into shorter blocks. The finished block size is the same, so it's not going to make a difference to the size of the quilt at the end.
I also cut all the pieces for the rest of the blocks and traced all the stitchery blocks this month too, so a little less to fuss about in May. Hopefully, I can get into the next block next week and be ahead for a change???
I'm loving seeing so many different colours and fabrics for this, some amazing blocks on here.........
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I think that I have the problem solved now,
and I am going to use these... lovely soft hues of rose pinks & browns, shame the photo doesn't really do them justice...but you get the picture, and I am happy that I have finally decided whcih to use!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Now on to stitch the pieces for the next block.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
The instructions say to cut this first border at 1 1/2 " but I have cut mine at 2 1/2" - I like it just that little bit wider. I have cut the second border, ready to go, I have cut it at 6 1/2" - I wanted to see as much of that yummy 'Chocolat' fabric as I could!!
More to come tomorrow I hope........
How lovely to have a long weekend here for Anzac Day, perfect Autumn weather to stitch some more.....
PS Margaret doesn't have a blog
Am having a crisis time here and won't be online for at least a week. Bec - OhSewBusy
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I am so excited – I have finished up my first block. I had to start over on my blocks because I was not happy with the colors I had chosen for the stitcheries. I am still a little uncertain with the colors of the tulips but I can always change it later if I want. I loved going through my fabrics trying to find just the right ones and I absolutely love what I picked!
Here are closeups:
Thank you Chookyblue for heading this up. I love seeing everyones progress!! Later - Jennifer
Hi there, Grethe on the line here: Yes,feels good and recon I am ahead of schedule. But a busy month to come,so that`s fine. Had to make a new decision about fabrics,as apparently something went wrong with my order;still back-order for me(should have lived in Australia!). And with the ash-trouble up here north,post does not come as regular as it should. Pity that is. So back to square one,I am using mainly the Garden Party range, unfortunately. Oh,well,that is what I started off with anyway:-)
Do you see the nice,little purple note on the side of the picture? Being an expert on abbreviations -thought I was!-so there would be no problems with abbr.But being born and bread Norwegian, I have just cracked the code of a couple.
This means: OMG, anybody please help!!! Thanks a lot :-)
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Looking forward to lots of fun.
I live in Ontario, Canada and this is my first stitch-a-long.
Monday, April 19, 2010
We planned to fly back home to Denmark on Thursday last week but because of the vulcano ash from Iceland spreading all over the northern part of Europe a flight time of 1 hour 35 min transformed into a 3 days train journey with so many problems that I think I could write a book about it.
We are safe back home and I am on the right track again bound for stitching.
It is so wonderful to see all the stitcheries and blocks so many of you have made the last 10 days and imagine how I will enjoy sitting with my block A again.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
After a cup of coffee, I will do the selection of fabrics for the block G.
I look forward to seeing every-one's blocks as they are finished. Bye for now.........Noela
I still dont know what fabric I will use ???
I was going to use stash fabric but I cant make my limited stash work so I will need to do some thinking but I will just keep stitching untill I decide
hope you are all getting some sewing time
Saturday, April 17, 2010
I have always difficulties to sew tiny squares straight together. Although this time I really tried to sew them VERY CAREFULLY. And although I sewed longer than 1 1/2" strips together, cutted them afterwards. Yet there is wonky seams... krr...
The other error was, which I noticed immediately after starting to stitch, that I didn't cut my stitchery fabrics overlarged. When the pieces are stitched they are ALWAYS little smaller than before cutting. I didn't remember that fact at this time..krr! Well, I stretched the piece... and the seams are narrower than 1/4".
As I told before I use mainly the Garden Party fabrics from Blackbird Design (MODA). But I wanted more variation... So I searched my stash and found some of the Garden Gate fabrics designed by Ro Gregg - beautiful tiny roses, other flowers and currants. Furthermore there is few fabrics from Lecien, Quilt Gate and Faye Burgos - more rose and paisley prints.
I have cutted the fabrics for the other blocks.
I got a good hint from Helen's posting how you can restore cutted patches.
Thank you, Helen;)
I also traced all five stitcheries for the A block.
Greetings from Satu
And now that I have April's block finished, I can breathe a sigh of relief and feel rather chuffed that even if I'm behind for the rest of the challenge (a distinct possibility!!) I DID get the first month's block finished before the end of the month - YAY!! As a result, I think I deserve a cup of tea, so I'm off to pop the kettle on. Hope you're having fun stitching-a-long, too ... and perhaps managing NOT to mutter unladylike things while YOU sew your block together! Tee! Hee! Hee! Til next time ...
On to 'Watering the Garden' now. I took up someone's suggestion to copy the page out of the book before trying to trace it on to the fabric. Much easier than trying to struggle with the staples and other pages. I also used a pigma pen this time. It did not drag over the fabirc like the other pencil I used for the first one. I reckon, by the end, my stitching will have improved. Is that why we started on block G first, so the viewer's eye does not go to my dodgy stitching first? ;-)
Keep those fingers moving,